These homemade Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Rolls are full of juicy apples and a sweet brown sugar cinnamon swirl. They are the perfect version of cinnamon rolls for fall! Get ready to elevate your baking skills and savor a symphony of flavors that perfectly captures the essence of cozy comfort. Nobody will know these are gluten free!

A frosted gluten free apple cinnamon roll on a white plate.

I have been on a roll (no pun intended), creating some fun flavors of cinnamon rolls lately. I love how flavor bakes into every bite. You can use any flavor of apples. I love using more tart apples because they stand out with the brown sugar and cinnamon flavors.

My gluten free apple cider cinnamon rolls are a fusion of flavors that effortlessly combine the sweet essence of ripe apples with the comforting warmth of cinnamon. These rolls turn out so light and fluffy. You won’t believe they are gluten free.

If you want to try other flavors, check out all of my gluten free cinnamon roll flavors. Mr. Fearless Dining loves these Gluten Free Nutella Cinnamon Rolls.

If you love apples as much as we do, I have a ton of incredible gluten free apple recipes to try! Go here to see all of my gluten free cinnamon roll recipes. I have a ton of fun flavors to try!

Allergen Information:

These rolls are gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free. See the Substitutions section for a dairy-free alternative. Check out ALL of my recipes using Authentic Foods Steve’s Gluten Free Bread Blend.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Gluten Free Flour Blend – I tested this recipe with Authentic Foods Steve’s GF Bread Blend. It is the best blend I have found for cinnamon rolls because they turn out incredibly fluffy, like the real deal. I have used Cup4Cup in other cinnamon roll recipes, which also works. Note you will need to add a lot more Cup4Cup flour than listed in this recipe.
  • Xanthan Gum – If you use a flour blend that doesn’t have a binder, add one teaspoon of xanthan gum.
  • Active Dry Yeast – I haven’t tested this recipe using rapid yeast. Note you should double-check that the brand you use is gluten free. Red Star “Platinum” is NOT gluten free!
  • Brown Sugar and Ground Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Butter – Use unsalted butter.
  • Eggs – Size large.
  • Apple Cider – This helps give these rolls awesome apple flavor.
  • Vanilla Extract – Use pure vanilla extract.

Substitutions:

  • Make this recipe dairy-free by using a plant-based butter.
  • Make this recipe gum-free by using my DIY Gluten Free Flour Blend. It contains no xanthan gum. It uses psyllium husk for the binder. I haven’t tested it in this specific recipe, but it works in my regular cinnamon roll recipe, which uses the same gluten free cinnamon roll base dough.

Baking Tips:

  • Always check the gluten free flour blend you use to ensure it works in yeast recipes! I can’t say this enough. Bob’s 1:1 and King Arthur 1:1 state they do not work in yeast recipes, amongst others.
  • Be sure your apple cider isn’t too hot before adding the yeast. The temperature should be no hotter than 110º F.
  • Rise the dough in a warm spot. I preheat my oven to 200º F, then turn it off. I then cover the pan with plastic wrap and put it in the warm oven. This is the perfect temperature to rise the dough, especially in colder weather.

Check out my Gluten Free Bread Troubleshooting Guide for more tips and tricks for rising the dough.

A baking pan filled with apple cinnamon rolls. Three are frosted.

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

Step 1: Heat the cider for 20 seconds in the microwave; be sure it is no hotter than 110º F. Stir and add the yeast and one teaspoon of sugar to the dish. Let it sit for 5 minutes until it is frothy.

Photos of steps 2 and 4 making the apple cinnamon rolls.

Step 2: Add the bubbly yeast mixture, melted butter, and eggs to a stand mixer bowl. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds to blend.

Step 3: Add the flour and salt to the stand mixer. Turn on low speed and gradually increase the speed to medium until the dough is formed.

🔑 Sandi says: You can also mix this by hand in a large mixing bowl.

Step 4: Your dough should be workable. If you use a gluten free flour blend that wasn’t Authentic Foods, note you “may” need to add a lot more flour to get the dough to be workable. This is normal. The Authentic Foods Steve’s Bread Blend is crafted, so you don’t need as much flour to hold it together.

A bowl with melted butter, dices apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

Step 5: In a mixing bowl, add diced apples, melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Mix well. I peeled my apples. It is optional to peel the apples, but the texture will be better peeled.

Photos of the rolled out dough and with the apple mixture.

Step 5 continued: Place the dough onto a silicone mat and roll the dough to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness. You want the dough to be shaped like a rectangle. Some gluten free flour blends are stickier than others, so dust the mat and dough with flour if you think it needs it.

Step 6: Spread the apple sugar mixture over the dough.

Rolling the dough over the apple sugar mixture.

Step 7: Carefully roll the dough over the apple mixture. Try to roll them tightly. Pressing the ends slightly as you roll it.

Take a piece of sewing thread or unflavored dental floss. Place it under the rolls near the end. Pull the pieces of thread up, crossing the ends of the string over, and pull. As the thread circle narrows, this will cut a roll. Continue until you have cut the whole log into rolls.

The apple cinnamon rolls before and after the rise.

Step 8: Place the rolls into a greased 9×13 pan. You can line the pan with parchment paper if you prefer.

Cover the rolls loosely with plastic wrap. Place the rolls into an oven preheated to 200º F. Be sure once the oven is heated to 200º F to turn it off. This gives the rolls a nice warm environment to rise.

Step 9: The rolls will rise over the next 45-60 minutes to double in size. Remove them from the oven and throw away the piece of plastic wrap.

Baked apple cinnamon rolls in a 9x13 pan.

Step 10: Bake the gluten free apple cinnamon rolls for 30 minutes until slightly golden. Move the pan to a cooling rack. Cool the rolls before eating them. (Be careful because the apple sugar gets very hot after baking.)

Icing ingredients in the bowl.

Drizzle icing or spread vanilla frosting over the rolls.

To make the icing, combine the room-temperature cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar in a bowl or stand mixer. Whip until creamy. This homemade cream cheese icing has the creamiest texture and is delicious with these cinnamon buns.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why didn’t my rolls rise?

If your rolls didn’t rise, check the expiration date on the yeast. If your yeast was good, it is possible you used a gluten free flour blend that doesn’t work with yeast.

Can you use a knife to cut the cinnamon rolls from the log?

You can use a knife to cut the dough, but it will slightly flatten your rolls.

How do you store apple cinnamon rolls?

Store your apple cinnamon rolls in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will keep fresh for up to 4 days. You can also freeze these rolls in a zip-style freezer baggie.

An apple cinnamon roll on a small white plate.

More Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Recipes

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Include which flour blend you used. This helps others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

A baking pan filled with apple cinnamon rolls. Three are frosted.

Fluffy Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Sandi Gaertner
Delicious gluten free apple cinnamon rolls with lots of apples and brown sugar swirled throughout.
5 from 1 vote
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nut free allergen icon
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rise Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Course Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes, Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 12 rolls
Calories 236 kcal

Ingredients
  

Yeast Mixture

  • 2 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast * see note
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Rolls

  • 2 ½ cups gluten free flour blend * see note
  • teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Apple Swirl

  • 1 ½ cup apples peeled and diced
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese soft, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter soft, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions
 

Yeast Prep:

  • Heat the apple cider in a microwave for 20 seconds. Be sure it is no hotter than 110º F. Add the yeast and one teaspoon of sugar to the dish. Let it sit for 5 minutes until it is frothy.

Make the Rolls:

  • Add the bubbly yeast mixture, melted butter, and eggs to a stand mixer bowl. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds to blend.
  • Add the flour and salt to the stand mixer. Turn on low speed and gradually increase the speed to medium until the dough is formed.
  • Your dough should be workable. If you use a gluten free flour blend that wasn't Authentic Foods, note you "may" need to add a lot more flour to get the dough to be workable. This is normal. The Authentic Foods Steve's Bread Blend is crafted, so you don't need as much flour to hold it together.
  • In a mixing bowl, add diced apples, melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Mix well. I peeled my apples. It is optional to peel the apples, but the texture will be better peeled.
  • Place the dough onto a silicone mat and roll the dough to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness. You want the dough to be shaped like a rectangle.
  • Some gluten free flour blends are stickier than others, so be sure to dust the mat and dough with flour if you think it needs it.
  • Spread the apple sugar mixture over the dough. Carefully roll the dough over the apple mixture. Try to roll them tightly. Pressing the ends slightly as you roll it.
  • Take a piece of thread or unflavored dental floss. Place it under the rolls near the end. Pull the pieces of thread up, crossing the ends of the string over, and pull. As the thread circle narrows, this will cut a roll. Continue until you have cut the whole log into rolls.
  • Place the rolls into a greased 9×13 pan. You can line the pan with parchment paper if you prefer.
  • Cover the rolls loosely with plastic wrap. Place the rolls into an oven preheated to 200º F. Be sure once the oven is heated to 200º F to turn it off. This gives the rolls a nice warm environment to rise.
  • The rolls will rise over the next 45-60 minutes to double in size. Remove them from the oven and throw away the piece of plastic wrap.
  • Bake the gluten free apple cinnamon rolls for 30 minutes until slightly golden. Move the pan to a cooling rack. Cool the rolls before eating them. (Be careful because the apple sugar gets very hot after baking.)

Icing:

  • To make the icing, combine the room-temperature cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar in a bowl or stand mixer. Whip until creamy. This homemade cream cheese icing has the creamiest texture and is absolutely delicious with these cinnamon buns. 

Notes

  1. Gluten Free Flour Blend – I tested this recipe with Authentic Foods Steve’s GF Bread Blend. It is the best blend I have found for cinnamon rolls because they turn out incredibly fluffy, like the real deal. I have used Cup4Cup in other cinnamon roll recipes, which also works. Note you will need to add a lot more Cup4Cup flour than listed in this recipe.
  2. Always check the gluten free flour blend you use to ensure it works in yeast recipes! I can’t say this enough. Bob’s 1:1 and King Arthur 1:1 state they do not work in yeast recipes.
  3. Make this recipe gum-free by using my DIY Gluten Free Flour Blend. It contains no xanthan gum. It uses psyllium husk for the binder. I haven’t tested it in this specific recipe, but it works in my regular cinnamon roll recipe, which uses the same gluten free cinnamon roll base dough. 
  4. Yeast – double check the brand you use is gluten free. Red Star Platinum is NOT gluten free!
  5. Store the rolls in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will keep fresh for up to 4 days. You can also freeze the rolls in a freezer safe zip bag.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1rollCalories: 236kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 4gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 41mgPotassium: 75mgFiber: 3gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 285IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 1mg
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  1. I have made fluffy cinnamon rolls (with yeast) using Measure to Measure flour. It does work. Maybe not for everything but it does for rolls.